Stockholm 2016

Ding Dong! Krista back to host UMK

It was a bit of letdown, we thought: UMK said they were going to make an announcement today. Were we going to hear artist names? Song titles? Maybe even some snippets? Well… No. We heard who were going to host Uuden Musikiin Kilpailu 2016. One of the hosts is a familiar name though: Krista Siegfrids!

The singer, famous for representing Finland in Malmรถ in 2013, having a lesbian kiss on stage in an attempt to convince the Finnish government to legalise same sex marriages and being rather loud wherever she would go, has been announced as one of the two hosts. She will be joined by a rapper, Roope Salminen.

If you thought we’d have a serious host in Krista, you’re probably wrong… In her first statement about her job, she called Eurovision and UMK a big carneval:

It will be so much fun to host the show with Roope – he’s such a funny guy! I have high expectations and I can’t wait to meet all the contestants and to hear their songs. The Eurovision Song Contest and UMK are amazing showsย designed for all sorts of crazy & fun stuff! Let’s get this carneval started!

The candidates and songs will be revealed in January. To be precise on 12th January 2016, at 11:00 AM CET. UMK will then kick off a month later, with the first show on 6th February.

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Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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